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while displaying the least grace and most awkwardness of any pro athlete I've ever seen.
Pence is the only real prospect in the organization, but he`s got some strikes against him. First, he`s had some recurring leg problems. Second, his gaudy numbers have come in the Sally League against your Aunt Ethel. Third, he reportedly has `a long swing that won`t work at upper levels.` All those things may be true, but all Pence has done is produce when given a shot. If he continues that trend at Double-A this year, he`ll rise to the top of a lot of prospect lists. It shouldn`t be hard to keep an eye on him in this system--he`ll be the one guy in double digits in the home runs column.
Pence is the best young hitter in an organization that would have trouble putting together enough position player prospects to play a game of bridge. He has real power, but it`s not clear what kind of an average he`ll hit for in the majors due to an uppercut swing. Pence has a semblance of strike zone judgment and possesses surprising speed for a big man. He`s a good defender, but between an arm that isn`t quite good enough for right field and range that`s a bit short for center, he`s destined for left field. Twenty-four in April, Pence is a bit old to develop into a star, but he should be a useful regular.
...His second-half, post-wrist numbers-.293/.348/.464-are a better portrayal of where he is as a hitter than his overall line.
Yet here he is and where Lastings Milledge is.
Seriously? You like Roger Kieschnick more? You like Jose Mijares more? George Kontos?
Will people say the same things about our own time, a few generations hence?
Is this going to be another offseason where everyone thinks every contract is an overpay until we look at them and hindsight and realize there's a lot of money in baseball now.
I doubt Yakult was pleased with Lastings' season.
Deacon McGuire debuted for the Toledo Blue Stockings in 1884 and played his last game, at the age of 48 (probably a gimmick appearance), for the Detroit Tigers in 1912.
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